The title I've chosen for this week's blog was a quote from "The Prophet" himself, and it was a fitting one for tonight's episode. I have to give Roman Grant some credit. Even when he is plotting, undermining and defrauding, he still seems to wholeheartedly believe that he has the best interests in mind for his "righteous flock." And what a flock it is! The next time I complain about a big family get-together, I am going to think back to this episode and thank my lucky stars. Nicki's supersized lineage was on the front burner tonight as she convinced Bill to visit the compound with her and even stay as a guest in Roman's house. Suffice it to say that Jerry Springer could have a field day with this bunch!
What I don't get is how anyone, least of all Nicki, could be surprised by Alby's revelation that it was Roman who called the governor's office about Barb. Seriously? The man is willing to overlook the attempted murder of his own son in order to further his financial interests. Is it really that far of a leap to think he would sacrifice his daughter and her family - a family headed up by a man he despises? Again, I am impressed on a weekly basis by
Chloe Sevigny. I think she does an amazing job with a very difficult character. Tonight, she conveyed both naïveté and misguided loyalty in dealing with Roman; however, when push came to shove, she protected her real family. "I've given up hundreds to live in the suburbs with 10," she told Bill. It seems that her allegiance has shifted to the family she married into as opposed to the one she came from. Last season, we did not have much of a window into the compound, but I am really enjoying getting to see more of that life that Nicki comes from. It is interesting to me that she and Bill both have that upbringing in common, because it gives them a bond that is unique. Barb might be his soul mate, but Nicki understands where he comes from and that connection runs deep for both of them.
While I always find the scenes at the compound a little unsettling, I did giggle at some of the domestic chaos at Roman's house. You would really have to run that kind of a household like a business, as Adaleen does with passive-aggressive efficiency. Watching her lug that gigantic bag of potatoes out of Bill's car was a hoot, as was listening to her attempts to create a rather garbled family tree for little Josie. The entire gathering reminded me of a giant town picnic out of an especially disturbing episode of
Little House on the Prairie, right down to the dresses and French braids.
Back at the other homestead, Barb's fragile psyche was taking a beating on all sides. First, she had to contend with her sister's vitriolic birthday card to Ben. Then there was defiant little Margene whose attempts to be "motherly" to Ben bordered on seduction in Barb's eyes. And I wonder if those coffee klatches with Don's "plural family" really do more harm than good. Yes, it is nice that Barb has people she can be honest and open with, but doesn't that also feed into the illusion of normalcy that got her into trouble in the first place? I do feel like we are really getting a window into Barb's struggle this season. As much as she tries to convince herself that she is comfortable with the choices she has made, it still seems like there is quite an internal struggle going on.
There are no illusions of normalcy when it comes to Alby and Rhonda. Alby seems to become more unstable with each passing week, and tonight his anger boiled over as he jeopardized the entire compound while exacting revenge on the Henricksens. Meanwhile, desperate, crafty little Rhonda turned up on Barb's doorstep again, despite having certified her pledge to Roman. That girl definitely has self-preservation and trouble written all over her. From the look of things, she must have overheard Bill's discussion with Don about stealing the video-machine business out from under Roman. And when that betrayal is discovered, all hell will certainly break loose.
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The title Ive chosen for this weeks blog was a quote from The Prophet himself and it was a fitting one for tonights episode I have to give Roman Grant some credit Even when he is plotting undermining and defrauding he still seems to wholeheartedly believe that he has the best interests in mind for his righteous flock And what a flock it is The next time I complain about a big family get-together I am going to think back to this episode and thank my lucky stars Nickis supersized lineage was on the front burner tonight as she convinced Bill to visit the compound with her and even stay as a guest in Romans house Suffice it to say that Jerry Springer could have a field day with this bunch What I dont get is how anyone least of all Nicki could be surprised by Albys revelation that it was Roman who called the governors office about Barb Seriously The man is willing to overlook the attempted murder of hi